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12-hour "1 hour" skirt

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Wrap skirt

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The Couture Dress taught by Susan Khalje

From creating a muslin to adjusting fit and hand-stitching hems, Couturier Susan Khalje guides you step-by-step through couture sewing techniques!

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Retro / Vintage, Traditional, Casual
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabric with fine cotton (?) lining

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What are you most proud of? I'm very pleased with how the pattern matching came out. I aligned the center line for all pieces (front and back) so that the center waist would be at the same point and I wouldn't have a huge flower right at the biggest part of my rear. When I was basting I was worried because it looked like it matched up top but not below, but that is because when you wear it it tends to separate a bit. As the closeup shows, the finished product isn't perfect, but it's about as close to as I think I could get considering this is a wrap overlap and not a seam.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Think before cutting, and use muslins. Even with the wrap, I was able to tweak the front a bit to accommodate my mid-life figure and I discovered the pattern error before I'd done anything to the main fabric.

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Your matching is impressive. You could be a tailor! Did you go to school to learn to sew? I am no where near you skill level, but I enjoy seeing things well done. Nice bright colors, I love bright colors.

07/13/2013 Flag

You overpraise, but thanks! I learned to sew when I was little just doing simple things, and then took the requisite home ec class when I was 13. The Couture Dress class was my first real instruction. I think Susan is so right when she says your brain is the most important piece of sewing equipment you own -- the Couture Dress class really gave me the confidence to trust myself, and my work has improved a lot because of that. So, keep going, and you'll probably surprise yourself!

07/14/2013 Flag

Very nice. You did a great job matching and with the lining it makes a simple summer skirt into a couture garment. I love the colors. Enjoy wearing it!

07/13/2013 Flag

Love your 12-hour "one hour" skirt, lol. I haven't taken the couture class yet....but I think I"ll enjoy the whole process when I do

07/14/2013 Flag

Beautiful & LIVELY!!!....WONDERFUL for summer....You did GREAT!! ----Your discribtions R Very interesting!!..

07/19/2013 Flag

you did a great job!!!

07/23/2013 Flag